“How to do research and develop project ideas”

Photo: Nuraini Juliastuti

What role does research play in your photography or art practice? What are the different ways research can be done? This 2-day workshop is designed to develop basic research skills that are necessary among photographers and visual artists working across multiple sites of knowledge production. During a two-day workshop, the participants will learn about how to develop an idea, engage with different people and places, and create simple research methodologies. Parts of the workshop will be allocated to explore various ways of seeing and how to transform them into useful tools for specific social and historical contexts.

When: 20 – 21 August 2021 | Time: 01:45 – 03:45 PM
Where: ONLINE (Zoom)
Whom: Nepali Photojournalists/photographers based in Nepal.
How much: Free

About the mentor:
Nuraini Juliastuti is a trans-local practicing researcher and writer, focusing on art organizations, activism, illegality, alternative cultural production, and archiving. In 1999, Nuraini co-founded the Kunci Study Forum & Collective in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. She obtained a PhD from the Institute of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology, Leiden University in 2019. In 2020, she took up a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Amsterdam. In this role, she worked as part of the Worlding Public Cultures: The Arts and Social Innovation project at the Amsterdam School of Cultural Analysis.

Nuraini’s individual and collective works have been presented and published in Haus der
Kulturen der Welt, Neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst, Asia Cultural Centre, Para Site, Afterall, Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, Sternberg Press, Valiz, Parse Journal, and Critical Times. Kunci curated Made in Commons, which was exhibited at the Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam in 2013. In 2016, Kunci and Para Site published an anthology of migrant workers’ writings titled Afterwork Readings. Outside within the Colonial Theatre: An Audio Guide was presented during a research residency that Nuraini and Kunci took up in Tropenmuseum in 2017. From 2016 to this date, Kunci has embarked on a long-term project, the School of Improper Education. Letters: The Classroom is Burning, Let’s Dream about a School of Improper Education is a chapbook, which was published by Ugly Duckling Presse in 2020. Through Kunci, Nuraini is now involved in the Arts Collaboratory and Global (de)Centre networks.

Nuraini develops Domestic Notes, a publication-based project that takes domestic and
migrant spaces as sites to discuss everyday politics, the organization of makeshift support systems, and alternative cultural production. With her family, Nuraini runs a small press, Reading Sideways Press, which publishes works and translations on arts, sports, and literature.

This workshop is organized by Platform for Photojournalist.
About the platform:
Photojournalism is the window to see the diverse situation of the world during this pandemic. Photojournalists and photographers risk their lives telling stories of this unprecedented human disaster. This crisis situation led to the aggravation of the economic situation of media employees, causing layoffs and delays in wage cuts. Many professional photojournalists lost their jobs and many photographers do struggle with a lack of jobs across the world. The platform envisions a common ground for photojournalists to learn and grow together. By organizing various targeted professional development workshops, mentorship programs, accumulating useful resources, and online exhibitions this platform will actively serve the photojournalism community with a vision to build a strong and sustainable future. The Platform for Photojournalists is founded as a collaboration between Pathshala,, and OsloMet, amidst the second wave of Covid-19 that has been making a giant dent in our lives – professionally & personally.

To apply, please send in one recent body of work (15-20 images @ 1000 px on the longest side) to by Tuesday, 10 August 2021.